The AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the New York Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NYCOBA/NOMA), in collaboration with the J. Max Bond Center for the Just City invite you to join us for the re-launch of this annual series of design talks in memory of J. Max Bond, Jr., FAIA.

Current conversations at the J. Max Bond Center focus on themes that came to light in the life and practice of Max Bond, specifically the revitalization and sustainability of the American City. This program will include a presentation and a moderated conversation around the topic of “Design for the Just City”. The talk will highlight current research on developing indicators and metrics to evaluate how design can work to achieve greater urban justice.


Toni L. Griffin is a Professor of Architecture and founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Griffin maintains an active private practice in Urban Planning and Design for the American City that recently completed the comprehensive strategic framework plan for the City of Detroit, Detroit Future City.

Prior to her new role, she was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Newark, New Jersey. Griffin has also served in senior leadership positions at the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, DC Office of Planning, Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Griffin received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame and a Loeb Fellowship from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Organized by: AIANY Diversity & Inclusion Committee, NYCOBA/ NOMA, and the J.Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City